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Unblock VPN Review – Get US and EU IPs From Anywhere

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Unblock VPN is a Czech Republic based privacy service which offers 100% freedom on the internet. The service was launched in February’ 2009 and since then the company has served more than 80,000 customers. In this review, I’ll explain the features of the service as well as highlight its pros and cons.

Server Locations & Site Access – Unblock VPN has deployed 18 servers in various territories including 6 servers in United States (New York, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas), 6 servers in United Kingdom (Londo, Gosport), 2 servers in Czech Republic (Prague) and a server each in Sweden (Stockholm), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Israel (Tel Aviv) and Slovakia (Bratislava).

The service makes it super easy to access geographically restricted On-Demand services like Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime, Demand 5, Spotify, BBC iPlayer, Voddler, ABC Player, Eurosport, Rara, 4OD, NHL, Sky Go, Pandora, AMC TV, NBC, Film1, CWTV, CBS, Hulu, Sport1, Xfinity, RTVNH, Lovefilm, Deezer, HBO Go, MTV, Vevo, iTV Player, Wimpmusic, FOX, UK TV, TNT, MLB, Vudu and USA Network regardless of your current location or network restrictions. Also, since there are no restrictions on server switching, you can unblock premium sites from multiple locations with a single subscription.

Unblock VPN can be also used to bypass firewalls and state-sponsored censorship at schools, workplaces and countries like Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil UAE, Qatar, Thailand, Kuwait and Bahrain. Once you switch to an IP provided by the service provider, you would be able to access popular sites and services like Facebook, Google Talk, Gmail, Viber, YouTube, Skype and Twitter without worrying about any restrictions.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – Unblock VPN provides high speed VPN connections through servers connected to at least 100 Mbit/s ports. While the company doesn’t have any restriction on bandwidth consumption, it reserves the right to cap bandwidth at 2 GB/day for heavy users. This means you can download up to 60 GB per month without facing any issues which should be enough for activities like streaming, downloading, VOIP and online gaming. The company even permits bittorrenting through its Swedish server but it doesn’t allow sharing/downloading of copyrighted material.

Privacy Settings – Unblock VPN secures your data and online sessions with up to AES 256 bit encryption delivered via PPTP, SSTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols. By offering a military-grade encryption, the service not only keeps your private data (including credit card numbers, financial transactions, passwords and social accounts) safe from surveillance and hacking threats, it also secures all kinds of online activities and unprotected Wi-Fi sessions automatically.

Unblock VPN does not keep logs of users’ online activities. However, the company collects connection details (original and assigned IP address, date/time/location of connection, bandwidth and duration) to enforce its terms of service and track spammers. The company reserves the right to take severe action against those who commit illegal activities through its network.

Supported Operating Systems – Unblock VPN works on Windows (10/8/7/Vista/XP), Mac OS X(El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks/Lions), Linux (Debian/Ubuntu/CentOS), iPads, iPhones, Android as well as routers manufactured by Asus, DLink, TP-Link, Linksys, Sitecom, Mikrotik, Tomato and DD-WRT. The company provides a per-configured VPN client for Windows and Mac but seeting the service on other systems and devices would require manual configuration. The company offers dynamic IPs by default although subscribers can also get Dedicated Static IPs for their gaming, VOIP, Remote Desktop and gaming needs.

Customer Support – Unblock VPN provides support via live chat and support tickets. The company has also published detailed troubleshooting information on its FAQ page which can be used to resolve common technical issues.

Pricing Options – Unblock VPN’s dynamic IP plans are available for $4.99 per month and $49 a year. If you prefer to have a dedicated IP, you can subscribe to Dedicated IP plan which costs $9.99 a month and $99 per year. Although the company offers a free trial, you cannot connect the service more than 5 times a day plus the connection time for each session is restricted to 5 minutes. On the positive side, the company has a 3-day money back guarantee in place.

Final Verdict – Overall, Unblock VPN doesn’t disappoint with its service. The service provides the right mix of IP locations, speed, bandwidth as well as privacy. Since the company offers a free trial, I urge you to test drive the service today itself. For more information, please visit: www.unblockvpn.com.

February 19, 2016

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